Mar 262012
 

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You are 50 or over and for whatever reason you believe it’s time to change careers. Career change planning can be daunting, but here is an outline to help you get started in your career change planning at 50 and beyond.

Yes, you need to research other careers. You need to talk to and interview others working in the desired career. But the #1 action you need to take is to start acting as if you already have a job in the planned new career. Here’s how you make the first step happen.

What books, magazines, web sites and blogs do those in the new career read on a daily basis? Start now and make it a daily habit. If you don’t understand something, do some more research. If you have some productive comment to make on a blog put it out there.

What workshops and seminars do those in your planned new career attend? Make plans now go to the same events. Polish your networking skills and put them to good use.

What organizations do members of your new career belong to? Become an active member in the organization. Volunteer to assist on committees. Help others whenever you can. Here’s another opportunity to learn more about the new career and to leverage your opportunities to network.

Do you see a trend here? Career change after 50 can be difficult but if you take this route you’ll find out early on if the career that looks so promising is really the right on for you. If it isn’t, your research will have uncovered other career possibilities.

You’ll find how to gain additional valuable career related experience. How to learn desired skills. All to increase your qualification for your planned new career.

Isn’t now the time to get started?

For more detailed career change information go to career change planning or our  website http://careersafter50.com.

Jan 272012
 

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In the past several posts we discussed some important steps in making a smooth transition to changing careers at 50 and beyond. The age factor in planning a career change can be a hindrance or an asset. Let’s see if we can make your age an asset in planning your career change.

In your plans to change careers at 50 and beyond a step often overlooked or given less than a careful analysis is the required homework into the planned new career. The planned new career may sound exciting but virtually every career has it’s boring moments and periods where the job is just plain awful.

This is where your homework comes into play. Only with the right information can you make the important decision to decide if the planned new career is the right one for you.

By homework, we mean talking to others who work in the field. Don’t stop at one interview but make it a point to learn from those experienced all the way down to those who recently started. Learn all aspects of the job. What skills are required? What do those in the career regularly read? What web sites do they normally look at? What conferences do they attend and what groups do they belong to?

Don’t be discouraged if the career, after your study and homework, turns out to be something you would not want to do. Keep looking, the next possible career that you study may be an exact fit. Or as some have learned they develop a new career based on the needs of possible employers.

An interesting story is how a teacher created a new position as sales manager and successfully changes careers after 50.

Make use of your network in doing your homework on the planned new career. Of course the internet can be a great resource in doing your career change homework. So get to it, stay flexible, and doing something on your homework every day. Soon you’ll have a body of information that will help you make the right career decision. Use your age and experience in project management to get you pointed in the right direction.

 

 

Jun 212011
 

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Changing Careers After 50

If you are over 50 it’s likely you have thought about changing careers. Millions of Americans when they reach midlife seem to be changing careers, and without some planning it can be a difficult journey. If your have a working career plan it can be an easier and less frustrating way to reach your career change goals.

Be realistic about your career goals. If you are over 50 your chance of becoming starting middle line backer for the Green Bay Packers is less than remote. However, there are plenty of support careers in Green Bay that will put you in the locker room and in Lambeau Field on Sunday. Clearly define and understand your limitations.


Changing careers after 50 and landing your dream job will not happen overnight. At times you’ll have to work in several jobs along a career path to acquire the necessary experience to qualify for your planned career. While you are being patient, does not mean you cannot begin walking in the footsteps of your planned career.
Here are 10 great tips to get your started on changing careers after 50:

  1. Take a close look at your financial situation. Will the new career mean a cut in pay? How long will it take, if ever, to replace the income of the old career? If there is going to be a pay cut start planning now to make the right financial changes, increase savings, pay off debt so you’ll be more financially comfortable when you do make the career change.
  2. Develop an informational interview. Talk to people already working in the career. You are not looking for a job at this point but information about the career, requirements, education, salaries, and career path are just some of the data required to open up additional research on the new career.
  3. Act as if you all ready have the desired career. Join and actively participate in career related associations. Read and study what experienced individuals do to remain up to speed on changes and new events in the career. Go to trade shows, seminars and workshops that those in you planned career attend. Network whenever possible. Put the title of the desired career on your business card.
  4. Through self-study and appropriate mentors get up to date on technical aspects of the career. If necessary, attend classes at area schools. Add the education to your resume and highlight your new skills in your resume cover letter.
  5. Make use of your entire personal network. Add to your network by searching Linkedin and other social networking sites. Work through your alumni association and area career associations in your planned career field. Plan all your contacts, follow-up on all referrals and your networking can be an asset in you career change.
  6. Write out your career plans. Have a periodic meeting with yourself on your progress. Tell others about your plans and enlist their help in making your career change happen.
  7. Be flexible in moving into your new career after 50. Perhaps working as a temp or a contractor would be a good first choice. Develop and look for options.
  8. Keep your resume up to date. As you complete relevant study update your resume. Emphasize your experience and accomplishments as they match the new career job requirements.
  9. Attitude is everything. Read appropriate books to keep you in a positive state of mind. Associate with others with the same positive attitude.
  10. Add exercise and diet components to your career plan. It will build on your confidence and reduce stress; you will come across in your job interviews as engaged and physically fit. Two factors that work strongly against the over 50 stereotype.

So here are 10 tips that you can start working on right now to make a planned career change after 50. Don’t let your age hold you back. Your dream career and job is out there isn’t now the time you found it?

For more about career planning at 50 our web site has a wealth of information. Go to http://careersafter50.com

Feb 232011
 

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Career change planning at 50-serendipity, fate, chance, dumb luck or do you have a career plan to move you to your dream career and perhaps take chance out of the equation?

Planning career change after 50 in tough enough so how about adding some dumb luck to the process? We all know people that seem to have good things constantly happen to them. A business opportunity, a promotion, finding money on the street or a new job just seems to come into their lives by chance.

What is it chance or luck? Or is it perhaps something else that you can prepare and plan for and have some measure of controlling the outcome? Continue reading »